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run afoul of somebody/something

(slightly formal)
to act in a way not allowed by rules or the law fall afoul of somebody/something Rodman ran afoul of the team's rules and was kept out of the next game. He ran afoul of his supervisor, who complained to the mayor about his work.
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run afoul of

Also, run foul of. Come into conflict with, as in If you keep parking illegally you'll run afoul of the police. This expression originated in the late 1600s, when it was applied to a vessel colliding or becoming entangled with another vessel, but at the same time it was transferred to non-nautical usage. Both senses remain current.
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Max is hopping mad at his brother, who has also run foul of Phil Mitchell.
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They are not impressed by the antics of players who run foul of the laws of the land or their club's disciplinary code.
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The drawbar of a wagon heavily laden with straw suddenly gave way, causing the wagon to run foul of the kerb and topple over on to the pavement.
It shows how easily westerners can run foul of the law.
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He warned that unless changes were made the EC would run foul of GATT as it tried to dispose of new farm surpluses onto the world market.